Crown Jewel of Mpls. Parks Could Get Major Makeover
Theodore Wirth Park might get a whole new look. The Minneapolis Parks Board is considering a master plan that would improve the park's two golf courses and put in additional bike and cross-country ski trails. The estimated cost for the long-range plan is $20 million.
The Parks Board wants to also renovate the historic Chalet clubhouse, bringing it back to its vintage look of the 1920s. The old clubhouse at the par-3 course would be gone and replaced with a $5 million "Welcome Center."
The proposals would add nearly two miles of mountain bike trails and nearly three miles of cross-country ski trails. A new dog park inside Theo Wirth is also part of the proposal.
The Parks Board will vote on this new concept in three weeks. The funding would come from the state, Legacy Amendment money and the Parks budget.
Construction, if the plan is approved, would start next spring and take many years to complete the entire project.